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Vox Media is seeking an Editorial Director, Verge Podcasts to lead podcasting for its leading consumer technology news network. You’ll bring new focus, fresh ideas, and big ambitions to our podcasts.
Starting with our flagship show The Vergecast, you’ll examine our current slate of programming and work with our hosts to adapt those shows for the future. From there, you will direct and oversee the development, production, and strategy of a revamped interview show hosted by The Verge’s Editor in Chief, Nilay Patel. You should identify what makes a Verge show a must-listen, develop the right formats, and execute on new creative strategies.
The ideal candidate is passionate about technology, with the expertise required to provide editorial ideas and constructive notes on technology stories. Looking at the current tech podcasting landscape, what is missing that only The Verge can provide?
You should bring an innovative and entrepreneurial growth mindset; you’ll start with a small team, execute at a high level, prove creative and audience success, and then pitch new formats, shows, and opportunities.
What you'll do:
- Bring strong editorial, creative, and management leadership to The Verge’s podcasting efforts, with the goal of building an ambitious and successful slate of programming.
- Successfully launch a Verge interview show, directing editorial and production, and proving creative and audience success.
- Successfully relaunch The Vergecast, identifying where it has opportunities to evolve and grow, and executing on those ideas.
- Develop new shows using Verge talent, IP, or audience, including a spin-off Vergecast property.
- Direct a supervising producer and audio engineer, regularly engage and work with freelancers, and grow the team to the needs of our podcasting business.
- Generate pitches, book diverse guests, and lead questions and scripting as needed; with producer, oversee all stages of production.
- Facilitate regular evaluation and feedback of shows’ creative strengths and growth success.
- Establish a culture of experimentation and lead evolution of show formats over time.
- Collaborate with Verge journalists, show hosts, and talent and help them develop their on-air skills.
- Oversee promotions and growth strategies for podcasts, working with The Verge’s social media managers and Vox Media Podcast Network marketing manager.
- Set goals for audience growth in conjunction with senior leaders.
What you'll bring:
- Expertise in technology journalism and storytelling, and a passion for the tech news and reporting that are core to The Verge.
- Experience as the showrunner or editorial lead for a successful technology podcast or broadcast news program.
- Background in newsroom management, or as the leader of a team.
- A track record of developing content that draws on diverse perspectives/source lists.
- Strong leadership skills, as well as the ability to delegate and prioritize effectively.
- Strong management skills and the ability to help employees grow and thrive in their work.
- A commitment to developing The Verge’s unique sound and voice in podcasting, and a determination to create podcasts that are different from anything else out there.
About working at Vox Media:
This is a permanent, full-time position with excellent benefits—including flexible hours and generous parental leave. Vox Media strives to provide comprehensive healthcare options for our employees and to ensure that our healthcare and other benefits are LGBTQ-inclusive. You'll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that's challenging and fun—and who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.